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Unread 02-11-2013, 09:19 PM   #1
Meru Lee
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Subaru's Axe

I haven't had much experience with cosplays and no experience with prop making at all, so I thought I would go with a more simple cosplay right now as Subaru from the .//hack series

See that sexy thing in her hand there? That's her axe.. I cannot seem to find any good pictures of it from the anime unfortunately, the best picture I can find is seen above.

This is also the object though that I think will be the most complex when it comes to building this costume and I'm looking for advice. With no prior prop building experience, how would you make it? I've considered making it out of wood, but I don't want it to weigh me down too much and be too heavy. I have a friend that made the Zillyhoo (giant hammer) completely out of wood and I have no clue how she could manage to carry that around an entire con. It did make a good seat when she got tired though.

But axes, heavy and with their sharp corners don't seem to always work as intended. I do want it to look high quality though (without a terrible cost) and not warp. So, I guess in the end, what do you suggest? Should I stick with wood or try a different building material.

((P.S. if you can help me with the darker blue over skirt, I want that to be a bit stiffer and more like armor then to go flat and bend with the rest of the fabric it does bend slightly but I've seen a few cosplays where it falls flat against the fabric and I dont want that either, what material would you suggest I do with that?))
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Unread 02-13-2013, 01:25 AM   #2
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Yeah that axe wouldn't be hard at all, but yeah wood would really be the most ideal material. I work mostly either with MDF or plywood, but I haven't found quite a preference just yet. Just as a note MDF is heavier but requires almost no finishing work. Plywood is lighter but requires a lot of finishing work with bondo and sanding.

My advice would be to cut out the silhouette of the axe then build up layers of wood to get the correct shape. Then you can sand the bevels in for the blade edge as well as any rounding you need for the handles and knobs etc. I have quite a few articles of when I used this wood stacking method to make a lot of weapons in an afternoon or two. Hope that helps!





Also this method is not limited to the sword shape. The bow I made illustrates that, so an axe would be well within the limits of this method. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask!

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